The Expert at the Card Table Gift Set Collection - Book, Journal & Playing Cards
A wonderful gift for any card magician.
S. W. Erdnase (most likely a pseudonym) is the author of The Expert at the Card Table, a famous book within the magic comunity detailing sleight of hand and cheating techniques using playing cards which has been in continual publication since 1902. Erdnase's true identity is one of the enduring mysteries of the magic community.
The Expert at the Card Table, originally titled Artifice, Ruse and Subterfuge at the Card Table: A Treatise on the Science and Art of Manipulating Cards, often referred to simply as Erdnase, is an extensive book on the art of sleight of hand published in 1902. Every conjuror will know of Erdnase but not many will know about this unique gift set consisting of a pocket size copy of the book - The Expert at the Card Table, The Expert at the Card Table Blank Journal and 1 Deck of Limited Edition Expert At The Card Table (White) Playing Cards.
Pocket The Expert at the Card Table by Erdnase (Red)
Ten years ago the first edition of the pocket size Expert at the Card Table was released. It has been sold out for years and Conjuring Arts has created an updated and improved version.
- It's bound in a luxurious, red, supple faux-leather that looks and feels real! This is a great improvement over the first version.
- More flexible - this version is more pliable and won't easily get creased while in your pocket
- Elegant ribbon for keeping your place
- Gold foil stamped cover and gilt edges
- The entire contents of S. W. Erdnase's classic The Expert at the Card Table
- Pocket size
- Line numbers for easy reference to any part of the book
The Expert at the Card Table Blank Journal
Since The Expert at the Card Table was published in 1902, there have been over 50 editions. It has been translated into various languages and transcribed by the brightest minds. It is the greatest book on card technique ever written and likewise, the most studied. Its contents are just as relative today as they were over 100 years ago. In the June 2010 issue of Magic magazine, John Lovick writes that Erdnase "inspires religious fervor and pilgrim-like devotion from its disciples", which is to say the least for serious students. It has indeed become a devotional vade mecum with new insight and inspiration gained with every read. Many magicians have spent their life studying the book. Dai Vernon, a master of close-up magic, left us all with his wonderful annotations in Revelation, giving many of the methods a modern approach. Erdnase will always have its devout scholars, but lately it's become more of a trend. We think this started a few years ago when the Conjuring Arts Research Center released its Bible Edition, a pocket sized version in which you won't find a card man without. This year, we saw the release of a custom deck of cards paying tribute to Erdnase, and there is even talk now of an Erdnase convention. It is clear Erdnase is no longer just shorthand for the author's famous work, but also a brand representing serious students and professionals of sleight of hand card technique.
Adding to the brand is a beautiful reproduction of the original 1902 publication. On the outside, it's a perfect facsimile, however, leaf through the pages and you'll discover an empty canvas for new ideas. This isn't just another edition, but as John Lovick writes, "a journal in which to coalesce your card-centric thoughts." Although you won't find a description for the Bottom Deal, or the S.W.E. Shift, as all the text has been removed, the publisher has left all 101 drawings by M.D. Smith in their respective positions. Some might say this will get in the way, but we think it's a simple reminder of what this journal is for. Although if you have kids, it makes for the greatest coloring book ever! Erdnase aficionado's will be delighted with this new homage to The Expert at the Card Table and be eager to fill its pages with everything from annotations to new ideas.
Pages Approximately: 204 - Blank - Hardcover - 5.5" x 8" - 101 black and white illustrations
Limited Edition Expert At The Card Table (White) Playing Cards
LIMITED EDITION: Only 1500 printed! Will NOT be reprinted.
The deck back design is different from the classic diamond-backed pattern without deviating from the classic style. The back design forms a pattern using the alphabet "E" from the word, "Expert." The deck is not just dedicated to S.W.Erdnase, but to everyone who has been giving their 100% to the respective art form they love and strive to be better than yesterday!!!
E for Expert, E is Erdnase!!!
The cards are available in 2 colors -- Green and White -- and includes white borders. The tuck has the alphabet S. & W. on the Green and White Edition, respectively.
2 custom Jokers (Gaff Joker)
Custom Ace of Spades
Green/White Double Backer
Deck Design Matching Double Backer
Velvet Feel Tuck Box
Custom Brick Box with every 12 Decks
A collaboration between Magic Encarta & Everything Erdnase - LIMITED EDITION OF 1500 DECKS!!!